Plenty of excitement for Radiohead fans this month. Jonny Greenwood, speaking on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC 6Music show, said that the band is going to start "rehearsing and recording in September". Then the Sunday Times ran an interview (July 20) in which Greenwood talked about plans to start making music soon. "I was emailing stuff to Thom last night, actually, but it's not the same, is it? You don't see him tutting."
So what's been going on with the band since 'The King Of Limbs' release in 2011 and subsequent tour? In January Colin Greenwood said: "We’re having some quiet time, waiting for the snowdrops and crocuses to emerge." As usual, the band go on a proper break between albums, which is probably a reason for their longevity. But, of course, they haven't been lazing around.
The Radiohead app was released in February 2014. Jonny Greenwood's been preoccupied with his classical work - you can read more about that here. Phil Selway will release his second album, 'Weatherhouse', in October. Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace debut was released early 2013 and he toured it through the year. Colin Greenwood was involved in Independent Venue Week and ran a triathlon earlier this month (well done Colin). Ed's been keeping a low profile. Nigel Godrich produced some tracks on Warpaint's second album as well as the Atoms For Peace in 2013. And Stanley Donwood's been making loads of cool art and has a book out soon.
Can we possibly speculate what 'LP9' will sound like? Will it be in the same vein at 'TKOL' or go somewhere completely different? One thing's sure: it won't be classic guitar rock. Previous live shows may give us hints. We can look back at the songs the band have played live which haven't made it onto albums - and there have been quite a few of those recently. It's not uncommon for Radiohead to take tracks they've played years before and rework them. 'Nude', for example, from 'In Rainbows', was played first in the late 90s before official release on the 2007 album. 'Morning Mr Magpie' was first heard in 2002 before its inclusion on the 'The King Of Limbs.' The always excellent Citizen Insane has pulled together 12 such tracks - with lots more detailed information on the site - and I've added a few more hypotheses:
'Identikit' - American Airlines Arena, Miami, February 2012:
'Skirting On The Surface' - Dallas, March, 2012:
'The Present Tense' - Debuted at Latitude Festival, 2009:
'The Daily Mail' - It was released as a single in 2011 after being taken from 'The King of Limbs: Live from the Basement' but you never know
'I Froze Up' - Debuted during a webcast in 2002 but played again on Atoms For Peace tour 2010
'Come To Your Senses' - Played at a sound check, Berkeley, 2006:
Big Boots (Man-O-War) - Meeting People Is Easy, 1998
Unlikely as it was scrapped after this tricky recording session years ago, but you never know:
'Loop' - A track played live by Jonny Greenwood
In February 2014. Included because in the Sunday Times interview when asked about the merging of his classical work with Radiohead, he said: “I want all of it to be in Radiohead, really.” Of any of his works, this would be track that slots in best:
'Ful Stop' - Chicago, 2012:
'Wake Me (Before They Come)' - Hollywood Bowl, 2008
'Cut A Hole' - American Airlines Arena in Miami, February 2012:
'I Lie Awake' - Soundcheck, Dublin, 2008:
'Riding A Bullet - Soundcheck, Dublin, 2008
'Open The Floodgates' - Soundcheck, San Diego, 2006
There's a long story behind 'Burn The Witch' which you can read here. After crowd requests a few bars have been played live a couple of times. What a tease.
Anyway, bring it on.
Via The Strut